City The K.C. Sheriff’s Side of the Story
I talked to K.C. deputy sheriff Rodney Chinnick. He says the witnesses’s accounts are “not an accurate portrayal” of what happened on Friday. In short, he says, the undercover officers—who were on duty as sheriff’s detectives with the metro transit division (meaning they patrol the bus line routes for things like drugs and prostitution and vandalism)—sounded their horn and siren when Jace Brien stopped them at the intersection. Chinnick stresses that it’s a misdemeanor, “disorderly conduct,” for someone to block an intersection.
Chinnick says that after the detectives sounded their air horn and alarm, Brien defiantly threw down his bike “challenging the officers.” The officers sounded their air horn and alarm again. At that point, according to Chinnick, the officer who was driving got out of the van showed Brien his badge and said: “You’re under arrest.” Brien then reportedly fled about 15 feet. A second officer, on the driver’s side, got out and chased Brien down. Chinnick reports that the crowd was yelling out: “What are the charges?” …which he cites as evidence that at this point the crowd knew these were officers.
Then another biker (this would be Zack Treisman) emerged from the crowd and tried to pry the second officer off of Brien, jumping on the officer from behind and putting a “strangle hold” on him, according to Chinnick. At this point, a third officer emerged from the van. This officer wrestled Treisman off the second officer, shouting: “Stop resisting arrest!” Treisman punched one of the detectives, Chinnick says.
Treisman, 30, was arrested for assaulting an officer. Brien, 18, was arrested for disorderly conduct and minor in possession of alcohol. (The deputies found beer in his back pack.)